Jake Peavy will contribute $100 to pancreatic cancer research for each strikeout thrown in every Major League Baseball game on Saturday. The charitable endeavor is in honor of Peavy's friend and mentor, former San Diego Padres bullpen coach Darrel Akerfelds, who lost his 19-month battle with pancreatic cancer last Sunday.
"It's been a rough week, rough year," Peavy said after striking out 11 in Saturday's 4-0 White Sox loss to the Yankees. "I don't want to overhype anything. It's all about what he's done. He was a great friend, great guy. Ak was a good man, and I'm just trying to honor him."
Peavy will also match the $52,000 raised in his "A Day with Jake Peavy" charity raffle, which named a winner on June 12, Akerfelds' 50th birthday.
The White Sox were shut out for an eighth time -- a fourth time on the road -- in Saturday's loss.